Coastcare Victoria Community Grants 2020

Applications for the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants 2020 have been extended - closing on Friday 15 May 2020 at 5:00pm.  

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program supports community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. The program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund which seeks to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.

How much funding is available?

Grants of up to $30,000 per project are available.

What types of grants are available?

Two categories of grants are available in 2020:

1. Stewardship and Education

2. Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups

Key dates, guidelines, FAQs and apply

Key dates for Coastcare Victoria Community Grants 2020
Applications openMonday 16 March 2020
Applications close Friday 15 May 2020, 5:00pm
Successful applicants notifiedJuly 2020
Agreements signed and payments made (Milestone 1)July-August 2020
Job Safety Plan due (Milestone 2)November 2020
Final report due and project completed (Milestone 3) June 2022

Please read the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants 2020 Guidelines and FAQ, then discuss your project and application with your local Coastcare Victoria Facilitator (contact details below) before you apply.

Step 1 - Create An Account:

Create an Account on the DELWP Grants Online Portal

Step 2 - Apply:

Category 1 (C1) - Stewardship and Education

Category 2 (C2) - Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups

Access Your Application:

Access an existing draft or submitted application

See tips on using the DELWP Grants Online Portal here - DELWP Grants Online Information Sheet

If you require assistance submitting your application online, contact the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 or

Coastcare Victoria Community Grants online Q&A - Thursday 7 May, 10:00

With a high volume of questions and enquires around our grants program this year we have extended the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants application closing date to Friday 15 May, 5:00 PM.

To help with your questions and enquires we held a grants online Q&A session on Thursday 7 May.   You can watch the video to see hear a grants update, questions and answers here:

Watch Grants Online Q&A here

There were a few questions we weren't able to get to in the live session. You can see those questions and responses here:

Additional Questions and Answers 7 May 2020 - Word

Additional Questions and Answers 7 May 2020 - PDF

Short videos for application tips, project ideas and inspiration

Video: Grant application tips (9:07) - watch here

Naomi Wells from Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) shares the key elements of their successful 2019 Coastcare Victoria grant application.

Click for video

Video: Project ideas (9:30) - watch here

Port Phillip EcoCentre - Neil Blake and Reiko Yamada of the Port Phillip EcoCentre share some citizen sciene and community engagement projects from the past 10 years.

Click to watch

Got grants questions for BCN, Port Phillip EcoCentre or the Coastcare Victoria team?  Submit your question now via Slido using event code E419

Coastcare Victoria volunteering and grants - Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

15 April 2020

Please read this FAQ for information about voluntering, existing Coasctare Victoria Community Grants projects and an update on the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program.  The application period has been extended and will now close on 15 May 2020 at 5pm.

Coastcare Victoria volunteering and grants FAQ - Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Word)

Coastcare Victoria volunteering and grants FAQ - Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)

Contact your local Coastcare Victoria facilitator if you'd like to know more about the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program:

Bellarine and Surf Coast

Elise Snell

Phone: 0437 035 120


Port Phillip Bay and Westernport

Phillip Wierzbowski

Phone: (03) 9450 8793



Bethany Hunting

Phone: 0436 629 941


Coastcare Community Grants 2019 recipients



Beach Patrol 3280

Stop the POP (Plastic Ocean Pollution)

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management

Northern Bellarine Red-Capped Plover Community Education

Bellarine Catchment Network

Creating our Future Coast-carers

Bellarine Landcare Group

Coastal and Inland Plants: Booklets for the Bellarine Peninsula.

Earthcare St Kilda Inc

St Kilda Penguin Visitor App

East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network

Chinamans Creek Rainforest Recovery

Friends of Beware Reef

Improved Macro Video Enabled

Friends of Chinamans Creek Inc

Chinamans Swamp Skink Habitat Restoration Project

Friends of Earimil Bluff (MEAFEC)

Protecting, Extending and Interpreting Biodiverse Botanical Reference Area Earimil Bluff

Friends of Flinders Coastline Inc

Coastal Flinders Restoration Project

Friends of Mallacoota Inc

Rehabilitate Gabo Island

Friends of the Prom Inc

Sea Spurge Removal Stage 2: Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach

Friends of Williams Road Beach (Mt. Eliza Association for Environmental Care)

Furthering Resilience at Steep Locations and Enhancing Site Understanding of Scouts, Mt. Eliza Foreshore

Gippsland Plains Conservation Management Network (CMN)

Eagle Point Enhancement and Education

Harmers Haven Residents and Ratepayers Group - Friends of Harmers Haven

Eradicating Cape Honey Flower at Harmers Haven

Harmers Haven Residents and Ratepayers Group - Friends of Harmers Haven

Continuation of Successful Sea Spurge Control on Primary Dunes at Harmers Haven

Jan Juc Coast Action

Caring for Jan Juc's Heathlands

Johan De Bree

Wells Street to Beach Street Foreshore Rehabilitation Project

Killarney Coastcare Group

Belfast Coastal Reserve Spring Planting 2019

Making a Difference for the Merri (MAD) Landcare Group

Woollen Mill Riparian Restoration - Merri River

McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc

Protecting Coastal Banksia Woodland and Revegetating Degraded Spaces - McCrae Foreshore

Marine Education Science and Community Centre Inc (MESAC)

MESAC - Who Are We and Why Are We Important to Our Oceans and Community?

North Geelong Secondary College (NGSC) Green Action Project

The Green Action Project/ North Geelong Secondary College

Safety Beach Foreshore Landscape Committee Inc

Coast Care Safety Beach 2019/20

South West Environmental Education Inc

Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project

Torquay Landcare Group Inc

Spring Creek Our Hidden Jewel

Victorian National Parks Association

Great Victorian Fish Count

Victorian Wader Study Group Inc

Sustaining Long-term Studies of Waders and Terns in South East Australia

Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network

Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Conservation Project 2019